Bulls move on with WNIT rout
TAMPA — Nearly a week has passed since USF's women were denied a spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket, but if Sunday revealed anything, the Bulls still are playing with purpose.
Behind seniors Inga Orekhova (22 points) and Akila McDonald (21), the Bulls shot 51.7 percent from the floor — a program record for a postseason game — in a 75-56 romp over Stetson in the WNIT second round.
USF (21-12) hosts George Washington on Thursday in the Round of 16.
"When that (NCAA) bracket comes out, everybody complains and the next morning everybody forgets about it," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "The only way that you can prove that you should be in that tournament is by winning this one."
McDonald, whose scored a career high, shot 10-for-11 and scored nine in USF's 20-2 run to open the second half. Sophomore Courtney Williams had a double double (10 points, 12 rebounds) for USF, which had a 43-32 rebounding advantage.